Ramsey County History Podcast #8 – Spring 2017: Fort Snelling and the Civil War

Paul Nelson and Steve Osman

The Euro-American phase of Minnesota history begins with Fort Snelling, starting in 1820. The fort’s busiest period was 1861-1865 — with the Civil War and the US Dakota War of 1862. All of the soldiers headed south to fight for the Union and west to fight the Dakota passed through the fort. And over a thousand displaced Dakota were interned there, too. Steve Osman’s new book, Fort Snelling and the Civil War — published by the Ramsey County Historical Society — is full of stories you’ve never heard before.